Bryan Hunsinger's Blog
Learn to Code in 2012

It is an amazing time to learn how to code. Particularly over the past two years, I’ve been increasingly asked by designers, entrepreneurs/founders for coding resources, tips and my opinion on the subject. Below is where I now send them:

  1. Codecademy - The easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends. They turned learning JavaScript into a game and plan to  soon expand to other programming languages View my profile here.
  2. Treehouse - Learn Web Design, Web Development and iOS. View my profile here.
  3. CodeYear - Codecademy launched a New Years resolution class on Jan. 1, signed up 97,000 people in less than 48 hours to receive emails with weekly coding lessons. By the end of the week, more than 170,000 people had signed up for the class, including the Mayor.
  4. Khan Academy - With a library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 303 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
  5. Skillshare - Satisfy your curiosity. Learn anything from anyone, anywhere.
  6. Udacity - We believe university-level education can be both high quality and low cost. Using the economics of the Internet, we’ve connected some of the greatest teachers to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world.
Web Analytics & Dashboards You Should Be Using

RJ Metrics - Powerful, easy to use, hosted business intelligence.

KISSmetrics - KISSmetrics is a customer analytics software that allows you to understand and optimize the user experience throughout your entire customer lifecycle from first click to the last conversion.

Mixpanel - Mixpanel is a real-time analytics service that can help you understand how people interact with your web application.

Chartbeat - Real-time analytics that thinks like you do.

Geckoboard - Web analytics, CRM, support, infrastructure, project management, sales… all in one place.Geckoboard is a hosted, real-time status board serving up the indicators that matter to you.

Leftronic - Dashboards for your company’s most important data.

Ducksboard - Real time dashboard for all your metrics.

Productivity Apps I Used in 2011

Trello - Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.

Evernote - Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.

Dropbox - Dropbox is the easiest way to store and share your files in the cloud.

Skitch - Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

CloudApp - Simply the best possible way to share screenshots on the Mac.

Fantastical - The Mac calendar you’ll actually enjoy using.

Basecamp - The leading online project collaboration tool.

Alfred - Alfred is a productivity application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

Sparrow - Lightweight and fast, Sparrow is the simplest way to get to inbox zero. Try it and never look back.

Using something I did not list? Please share!

Coming up next is analytics tools, dashboards & more!

Google+ Attraction Not Only With Early Adopters

Since the Google+ launch, I’ve been surprised by the amount of people requesting invites, joining, and talking about the service. These are not your typical early adopters who read TechCrunch or Hacker News, but your ordinary Facebook friends. What gives?

Well, I believe the most plausible hypothesis is the popularity and use of Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Specifically the sharing element, social networks are so dependent upon. In the last few years, millions of users have gotten used to the idea of sharing everything about them and what they do online. This is mainly thanks to Facebook. Want to update your Facebook status? Click the Share button. With the addition of the “Like” button, Facebook has made it incredibly easy for anyone online to share content online. Of course, you cannot ignore the competition: Google’s +1 Button, Twitter’s Tweet Button, LinkedIn Share’s Button and all the other social sharing services out there.

I think it is also worth mentioning the celebrity crowd’s quicker adoption of some to Google+. Jason Calacanis & his Launch Team wrote:

It took nearly three years from Twitter’s 2006 launch before celebrities started flocking to the service en masse (although MC Hammer was an early adopter — see timeline below).

But Google+ has attracted a number of big names in its first week beyond tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher. These celebs include singer Taylor Swift, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, and yes, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, currently the most popular person on Google+.

Link: Celebrities on Google+ in Week One

In the coming months, it is going to get really interesting on the social sharing front. The amount of sharing will continue to increase dramatically, and more and more traffic will go to those who create good content and know how to reach the social web.

MG Siegler said just recently:

Nearly two years ago, I noted that the social sharing war was tipping heavily in Twitter’s favor due to the fact that it was far too slow to share content on Facebook. The quick rise of the Tweetmeme button (since replaced by Twitter’s own Tweet button) all over the web showcased this. But things have changed in the past two years. Notably, Facebook has gotten much better at facilitating sharing — hello Like button. And when you do that with 750 million users, sharing will happen.

Link: With Google+ (And A Tweak For Analytics), The Social Sharing War Is Fully On

Now that Google has gone social, what’s next?

  1. Analytics (Google’s Webmaster Tools & Analytics enhancements to easily see the traffic being referred by Google+ and +1’s your content has gotten.)
  2. Ranking content based on social engagement (Google’s recent acquisition of PostRank only validates these metrics.)

What are your thoughts on Google+ and social sharing?

Hey Brian, I'm the sports director at a TV station in Hazleton, PA. I'm doing a story on Michael Robinson and I was wondering if I could use a few of his football photos on his website. You can get back to me at facebook.com/wylnpressbox.
Anonymous

You can send your request and contact info to Pete (pete@pacsignatures.com).

The Next Social Network

I’ve thought about the idea of being able to easily communicate with others that are around you. Whether you are in a car driving on the highway and want to let others know there is an accident up ahead, an icy spot or maybe a speed trap. Or maybe you are at a sporting event, or a party. This “implied social network" can be very powerful in any situation where you are around others.

Recently two products take advantage of this idea that I think are very interesting.

First is Color.com. It’s recent launch was met with a huge outrage regarding the amount of money raised ($41M), as well as the horrible first impression of the app. The concept is to use an implied social network to initially share photos with people around you. No need to send a friend request, or to follow people. You find yourself magically networked because you are around them. You can see their photos and comment on them in real-time. You don’t have to curate your photos from last night, upload them, and wait for your friends to comment on them. The problem (right now) is that not many people are using it. Unless you are in Palo Alto, when you first open the app, you are not going to see anything. Hopefully this changes as time goes on and the app goes mainstream. I think in time, it will. $41 million still goes a long way this day. An update was just released yesterday to clean up the UI, so download it and let me know what you think!

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/color/id427763573?mt=8

Second is Yobongo. Breakout at this years SXSW, the concept it to allow you to text with one another close by as well as take tests private. It really makes it fun and easy to chat with people nearby on your iPhone. There are no chat-style rooms to join, friends to find or permissions to ask. Unfortunately, Yobongo is only available in San Fran, New York City and Austin. Hopefully they open it up to everyone soon, so we can all jump into a conversation happening around us. You can vote for your city at http://www.yobongo.com/cities.

http://itunes.apple.com/app/yobongo/id388892120?mt=8&ls=1

Connecting with people in your proximity opens a ton of doors for innovation and businesses. From social gaming to e-commerce to location based services, the implicit social network is here. Want to connect with me? If you are nearby, we already are.

Trendn.com aggregates the hottest trending content in real time, ranked by social engagement.

I’ve always wanted a single destination to discover what others find engaging online. Bouncing from one news site to another just to see and possibly taking the time to read articles online takes a huge amount of time and work. The old way of aggregating news was via a RSS reader, or other social news websites that are user-submitted. Examples would be Slashdot, Fark, Digg and Reddit. These sites are great, but rely on users that may not have the intention of sharing only because it is good content.

I believe that increased social engagement indicates better quality content, and that is why I built the trendn.com and the trendn iPhone app. Instead of bouncing from news site to news site reading the front page, trendn aggregates stories, articles, photos and videos based on the amount of “social sharing” others have done with the content. People still visit 4-6 sites per day for news, and I hope this saves them time and the trouble of discovering good content online.

If no one else is reading or engaging with a story, why should you? Your time is valuable. Find the best content, and stay on top of the news with one website.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE INANIMATE OBJECT?

Anything Apple©

Change is good, but never easy

Change is good.. right? After years of building websites using Wordpress, and using Wordpress for my own website/portfolio, I’ve been dying to try something new. Especially since it would excite me to use, write and share.

Change is never easy. Lots of people (especially @garyvee - who rocks btw!) are on team tumblr. Their rapid growth is simply amazing. According to David Karp (founder of tumblr), at the end of last month:

  • 1.2-billion people had visited Tumblr
  • 250-million people were being added every week to the startup.
  • The last 30-days alone have seen an astounding 4.2-billion visits.
  • Received $30-million to date in funding

However, the past few months have not been smooth sailing by any means. Slow loading or intermittent errors, downtime, and a war with 4Chan, the service can be categorized as unstable. That is never good. Twitter went through the same thing the past year due to such rapid growth/scalability issues.

Please don’t disappoint tumblr. You are like a brand new gadget that I don’t want to put down.

About.me

I just created my profile on about.me/bryanhun!